72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their
reception entertainment. And almost 100% say they would have spent more
of their budget on the entertainment.
* 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
* Entertainment, on the average, is 4% of the cost of the entire reception.
* 39% of Brides say their greatest fear is not having fun at their reception.
* During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer. Reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. One week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
* 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a DJ.
In most cases people planning their wedding reception will spend more on vegetable platters for their guest to eat than they will spend on a DJ to entertain their guest all night long. The vegetable platter will only satisfy your guest for a short period of time where a good DJ will hold their attention until the night is over, and be remembered for years where the vegetable platter will be forgotten before they leave.
Another thing to consider is the person that is going to DJ your wedding are they full time or part time DJ? A part time DJ does not spend much more time on a wedding than it takes to book it and do it. Part time DJ's do it for fun and we often call them Hobby DJ's. Now don't get me wrong a DJ should enjoy their job and here at J&B we do! but a part time DJ has another job to worry about DJing weddings is only a secondary source of income for them. Where a full time DJ devotes all his time to his job meaning more experience and being more involved.Also meaning full time DJ's often spend lots of time looking for the newest music and the latest hits, where often part time DJ's carry around the same old songs and have for years and unfortunately don't really plan on changing things anytime soon. Often part time DJ's use the same old hits at all weddings yes they work don't get me wrong. Where a full time DJ knows all the new hits and has them witch means filling request and more satisfaction to not only you but your guest. Now on to song selection.
Another thought is "song selection" here at J&B we are always talking about our song selection. We have seen some people brag Check out our Mega 5,ooo song database. Well that's great, if you are entertaining yourself.But if you entertain several hundred thousand people a year 5,000 just doesn't cut it. On the average J&B adds approximately 80-100 songs per week some weeks more than others some weeks less it always varies on when songs are released. Our DJ's entertain bars and clubs weekly and see lots of new faces witch many have satellite radio and know of all the new hits, and they let us know about these songs. Often we already have them. J&B averages having 99% of all request from off the wall to everyday songs. To sum it up after your guest walk up to the DJ 4 or 5 times and your DJ don't have their song, they're probably not going to think much of your DJ. So as you see the DJ and his song selection can make or break your event, and here at J&B that is never the case.
These are some things that should really be considered long and hard when planning your wedding.
Understanding your rate
When most people consider DJ rates they think I.E. $400 for only 4
hours that's $100 per hour right? Wrong, look at this initial phone call
(a.k.a rates call) as we call them, preparing paper work to meet with
the client, meeting with the client, checking out songs on request form
you fill out during meeting (making sure we have them and getting the
ones we don't, which isn't free for us). Now its the day of the event
your DJ loads up all equipment, showers, drives often 50 - 100+ miles to
arrive at your event 2-3 hours early to correct any issues before the
show starts (if there are any issues), packs in/sets up gear, performs
sound check, and finally waits for the guest to start arriving. Now
your event has just began then 4 hours playing, announcing, collecting
remainder balance, tearing down, packing out, driving home, and lastly
packs all the equipment back inside. So as you see it's not just the
simple 4 hours that the DJ plays, it's a lot more. Here at J&B we
spend anywhere from 12 up to 20 hours on any event.
All events are completely different from any other event. I.E. Your reception may be outdoors where the other persons may be indoors, another example your reception may have 400 people where the other persons may only have 75. With all these variables it's hard to just say one price for any event. Some people call a DJ looking for high prices and some call a DJ looking for the best price. When some people hear a low unbeatable price they fear inexperienced, or poor quality, others when they hear a high price they think out of my budget. Here at J&B we do have several different set ups, large set ups heavy weight to load, unload, reload and re unload also longer set up times, all this meaning more cost. But if you wish to book on a tight budget let us know and we may be able to accommodate you. Please give us a call for more information.